August Sander: Persecuted/Persecutors, People of the 20th Century

August Sander (1876-1964) was the eye behind many of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs. After the First World War, while carrying on an intellectual dialogue with the avant-garde Progressives circle in Cologne, he undertook a photographic portrait of German society during the Weimar Republic. Totaling several hundred pictures, that project, People of the 20th Century, did not appear as a whole until after his death. His descendents are still carrying on that work today.

What do these photos tell us? The Memorial tries to answer that question in an exhibition from 8 March to 15 November 2018. With several series of portraits made under the Third Reich, the Shoah Memorial honors the men and women who were victims of Nazism.

The exhibition features 120 portraits from People of the 20th Century as well as contact prints that have never been seen by the public before.


Mémorial de la Shoah, 17 Rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, Paris
Opening hours: Sunday - Friday 10:00-18:00, Thursday 10:00-22:00

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